As the players head to a well-deserved dinner break, we bring you a short preview of what has been happening during Day 1B of the Unibet Open Main Event.
Just as expected, all seats were filled, plus a couple of alternates. As registration is now finished, we have the numbers for the prize pool distribution. A total of 45 players will walk away with something to show for their efforts, while the others will, unfortunately, go home €1,100 poorer. But the experience alone was certainly well worth it for many. The winner of the Main Event will take home 625,000 DKK, which is the equivalent to about €84,000. Not bad at all for a couple days of playing cards.
Some of the notable names that took part today include Unibet Ambassador Micke Norinder with 45k in chips; WSOP gold bracelet holder Anders Henriksson currently at 40,000 chips; last year’s champion Kassem Yassine; Jimmy Jonsson, winner of a Unibet event in Prague in 2009; Paul Valkenburg, and many others. So far, 24 players have already hit the rail and when the tournament continues after the break, they will play down for a couple more levels (total of 10 for the day). The field for Day 1B will probably be narrowed down to around 80 players. It seems that Copenhagen is not very favorable for Unibet Ambassadors, as Hugo Borst also busted before the dinner break.
Currently leading the pack is Norway’s Trond Aanesen with 95,000, followed by two Swedes, Viktor Akerlund with 86,700 and Nils Bergqist sitting on 78,000. When everyone gets back to their seats, we will certainly see some movement in the chip counts, as short stacks will be playing more aggressively to try and build up their stacks for Day 2.
Keep in mind that a live stream is running for the entire duration of the tournament at www.PokerTube.com, so if you have a little time on your hands you can get over there and keep up with the action. The stream will start from around 1:00 p.m. on Day 2 (Saturday) and Day 3 (Sunday) and feature live commentary and interviews throughout. We’ll also be bringing you exclusive interviews here at PokerUpdate!